I have always had a big interest in anxiety and fear, professionally because I work with many who experience it daily, often finding that it is stopping them from being all they can be. But also self directed because I have a tendency to it. Since writing about primal fear that is often confused with anxiety and fear, and the fear of failure and overcoming fears to be all you can be, I seem to be surrounded by discussions on fear.
The latest today in yoga, the teacher was talking about the acronym for fear that he learnt when he started yoga training – Face Everything And Rise. He then compared it to the acronym that he learnt in his military career (yup, he is ex army – that tickles me so much!! Yoga is truly for everyone!) F**k Everything And Run. And of course each is absolutely true, depending upon the circumstances you are in.
By taking time to do your internal exploration you will notice if what you are thinking of doing is really worth the fear you are feeling – or if in fact that fearfulness is (another fear acronym I learnt years ago) False Evidence Appearing Real. Fear is just an indicator of something else (like so many things!) and in itself neither good nor bad.
So sometimes the best thing to do is to face the fear and do it anyway – at other times it is better to walk away. It just depends on the situation. But, if that fear is the result of something that is asking you to step up to being a bigger and better version of yourself, this prose by Marianne Williamson will sing deeply to you …
“Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us. We ask ourselves, Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, fabulous? Actually, who are you not to be? You are a child of God. Your playing small does not serve the world. There is nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won’t feel insecure around you. We are all meant to shine, as children do. We were born to make manifest the glory of God that is within us. It’s not just in some of us; it’s in everyone. And as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same. As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others.”
– Marianne Williamson from A Return To Love.
…. so be like a little child and just shine!
This article was written by Gay Landeta with the intention of helping you to Create the Life you Want to Live! All rights reserved 2015.